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Mobile Photography Interview – A Day in the Life of Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 122nd  interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.

Today we are featuring Maria Cecilia de São Thiago, an Internationally acclaimed Fine Art Mobile Photographer, based in Brazil known for both her Award winning iPhone Art Images and his Fine Art Portraiture.

We are sure you are going to enjoy this, if you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at Joanne@theappwhisperer.com and I will get back to you.

Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

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Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

As much as I like the tranquility of the night, I stay up late working on pictures, or working in the jewellery bench, I do not wake up very early.

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Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

Not that I do not like it, photographing is always a pleasure for me, but my favorite time is the end of the afternoon. It is the time I usually go for a walk in the gardens of the condominium where I live, to photograph something.

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How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop?

As the first iPhone came out and I started shooting with it, I saw a documentary on deutsche welle explaining what iPhoneography was, and about the IPA-iPhoneart.com community. I fell in love immediately with what I saw, registered myself there and started to understand how this new way of doing Photography happened.

As soon as the iPad came out I started using it to edit my photos. The ability to draw on the photos was something I always liked. Already in college I drew with ink and ecoline on the images. You may see this here www.klimtt.com/1977/

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Do you like to download new mobile photography and/or art apps regularly?

Oh yes … I’m completely obsessed with applications and technology in general. I usually download all new photo and video applications, even for testing purposes only.  To get an idea, I have already downloaded more than 5,200 mobile apps and on my iPhone I have 720 Apps, and most of them are for photos and videos. 

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What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?

I usually test all devices on all platforms, but my heart belongs to Apple alone !! I use in my day to day more than one iPhone, where each one has a specific function, geared for my work as photographer or jeweller designer. 

I like to share tips and tricks on technology on my facebook technology page,  and when friends have some doubt about cell phones, I usually answer or write about the question for them there, so I try to keep abreast of the news on various devices. 

But for me, the store that offers the largest and best variety of applications for photos and images, is the Apple AppStore.

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Would you consider changing platforms and why?

No !! Never… I have great affinity with IOS and his many applications developed for this platform. I never imagine that I would change. I have already tested the Google Play photography apps but they come not close to the diversity and quality offered by Apple.

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How often do you update your existing apps?

I usually update whenever a new update comes out, but I always read if there are any patches that will make it impossible for me to continue using the preferred applications. To not have problems with the updates the fact of using two iPads also helps a lot. And another thing I learned is to back up the images before doing the update. 

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What are your favourite photography/videography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new app?

My preferred Apps are:

ArtStudio – Draw and Paint  I can’t live without this App 😉 Everything I do starts here. 

Snapseed – Where I adjust the image

Repix – For little adjustments and layers 

iColorama – to create an entire project 

Superimpose – My everyday App 

Slow Shutter – For the effects

Distressed FX – For this great textures 

Brushstroke – For little adjustments and layers 

PicGrunger – For textures

Adobe Photoshop Express: Edit Photos, Make Collage – And All Adobe Apps

WeTransfer – For the best way to Backup

Google Photos – free photo and video storage – To cloud storage

Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker


Funny Movie Maker – Replace Your Face

Video Merger Pro Combine Multiple Videos to Video

Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker

and many many more…

If there is one important thing for me, to continue using an application, is the image resolution that it saves. One of the issues that to all of us iPhoneographers matters most, is the size of the impression that we will get with our photographs. Nowadays, I can deliver to my printer a file of compatible size with good cameras, having made prints on Hahnemuller Cotton papers up to 120 x 90 cm.

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Where’s your favourite place in the world for a shoot and why?

In a sincere response, I can say that any place instigates me to photograph. For its beauty or precisely for its lack … But if I answer you with my heart, I must declare my love for Europe, more specifically the cities of Paris or London, where two of my three daughters live. I love to photograph the leafless trees that look more like Klimt, Schiele or Hunderwasser drawings, artists that inspire me a lot, or landscapes mainly in cold weather, when the air is drier and the depth of field is great. I am Brazilian,  I live in Brazil and the difference of a photo made here in our humid and tropical climate to a photo made in the dry and cold climate of Europe is amazing.

But one thing I miss about the time I spent in Germany is to photograph the landscapes of the Munich region with its icy atmosphere. 

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Where do you like to upload your photographs to – Flickr, Instagram etc?

I usually post 1 to 3 photos daily in Instagram, shared directly to my Facebook Art Page, to Flickr, Tumbrl and Tweeter.

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Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?

Yes every day !! If by chance I do not go out to photograph, I end up photographing some detail of my house, or my garden. 2017 I also started to use a new application “Project 365” where I should post a photo a day, and I do not want to stop publishing any day.

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Do you like to use external hardware products with your mobile device for image and video capturing, such as lenses, tripods, external storage and battery packs?

Yes, I use everything that is within my reach …;)

I have the wide-angle, macro and fish eye of olloclip, and photojojo Iris Lens Series . I also use the wide-angle lens “MX-601”

But my favorite for now is the “DxO One Camera” I won it in the DepthEffects App competition by The App Whisperer.

For the Battery packs I use those of JLW where the phone is docked and that support up to 3 charges. But If I make a long trip, I use the “puku S8” and the “Just mobile – Gum Max Power Pack”

For External Storage I love the 64GB “i-FlashDrive” or the “i-FlashDrive HD” from RoHS.

Tripods I usually use those with grip for iPhone.

Sometimes I use the Remote Shutter with “Camera 360” for selfies and tripods

My next acquisition should be an IMAGE STABILIZER FOR SMARTPHONE or a Drone to make landscape pictures. 

Image ©Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?

I use mostly my iPad to edit images. I feel such affection for these products that even to create logos it serves me perfectly.

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Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions etc.

The ability to show your images to the world on platforms such as Instagram has made mobile photography an incredibly vibrant genre.

Suddenly, thanks to the social platforms, photography has a purpose. People have started taking more aesthetic photos that connect with complete strangers across the globe. Thanks to all this I have already had photographs exhibited in Kiev, South Africa and in Honfleur, Normandy, North of France.

Here in Brazil I have participated in several competitions and my intention is to create an individual exhibition in the next months.  

Image ©Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

Where do you see the future of mobile photography?

The phone is your best camera, because it is always with us. 

Currently on the market the smart phones have gained more sophistication in their photographic lenses, so they are being used to get jobs with advanced quality. Still do not replace DSLR cameras and Professional Camcorders, but can provide great photo and video results.

Now anyone can take quality photos and share them in seconds.

The videos in my opinion, will have great acceptance, not only in the Photojournalism Collaborative, but in the arts.

Drones are already trending and I may imagine what will be the next generation of bloggers making a visual journal popularised by Snapchat and InstagramStreet Style

The camera to the eye, the phone and audio to the ear, I imagine also some people will have them implanted. 

Image ©Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?

From what I can see from the large number of photographers I have known in recent years, I think Street photography is the most used form. I say this with a certain sadness, because as an artist I think it’s missing a less documentary and more pictorial look, for a lot of people here in Brazil.

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Do you think it is country Specific, are some nations more clued up?

As I said before, because I lived in Germany for 6 years, and have two daughters living in Paris and London, I have many contacts in Europe, and I see a huge difference between Brazilians and Europeans, not only in the way of living, but also in the way Of shooting… 

I think Brazil still has a lot to learn. Whenever I have the opportunity, I encourage people to take photograph. From the taxi driver to the nurse, or the construction worker, I explain that a photo posted on instagram now a days can have worldwide visibility, regardless of where it was taken.

 Image ©Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

If you could select a specification for a smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?

If I could build a phone with the specs that interest me most, I would choose: Wireless charger. Front and Back camera with 16mp. 

A massive 6GB of RAM. Manual focus, Optical & Electronic image stabilisation, HDR, HQ mode and dynamic de-noise. And a greater Low light capability.

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What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

Joanne Carter was a gift of the synchronicity of the stars in my life.

I am very grateful not only for what she has done for me, giving space and spreading my work, as for everything she does for artists around the world.

Your dedication deserves all my recognition, Joanne.

The App Whisperer is my favorite site for learning, sharing and interacting.

That’s where I look for answers when I have some doubts, that’s where I get informed about news and where I look for inspirations !!

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Contact Details – Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

E-Mail: klimtt@me.com

Skype: klimtt 

Site: www.klimtt.com

Instagram: @klimtt 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/klimtt

Tumblr: http://klimtt.tumblr.com

Pinterest: https://br.pinterest.com/klimtt/

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/klimtt/

LinkedIn: https://br.linkedin.com/in/klimtt

Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/klimtt

Facebook Art Page: https://www.facebook.com/artbyklimtt/

Facebook Technologie Page: https://www.facebook.com/ihang10/

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com